May 25, 2010

Learning to speak

There are a lot of wishful thinkers out there who think their babies are saying mama at very young ages. I did some reading, and found out that the word mama is the same or very similar in many languages. Why? Because mama is universally one of the first things babies learn how to say. Parents then associate these first sounds with themselves. Here we are thinking we're teaching our babies to say mama and papa when really they're teaching us. Cool.

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  1. I talked to Anita's mom today because Anita happened to be driving when she called. In India, Anita's folks native language is Kannada. I asked her what the Kannada word is for mama. It is something like "ama", just like you predicted! Babies probably speak something like humans did when language was first developing.

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  2. Mama is probably the most basic word in any language, which is why it's the one that instinctively comes to a baby's tongue. (Or maybe vice versa.)
    Interesting that Eric's observation proves your point.

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  3. So...does that mean that when Ryker cried "Mama" right when he was placed in my arms, 30 seconds after being born, that he didn't really mean it? :'(

    I agree with learning to speak in general. And I'd normally agree with you in regards to Ryker's birth, but (a) He's NEVER said anything close to it since, and (b) I'm biased because it was a totally life-defining moment for me and I can't stand the thought that it was just happenstance.

    However, in general, I totally agree. Sidenote: Ryker's been experimenting with "ba" sounds lately. It's pretty rad. :)

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